I. The Second Ohio K-12 Chinese Speech Contest
Date & Time: April 27, 2014, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Cleveland State University, Main Classroom 134 and 136
Registration Deadline: April 24, 2014 （NOW CLOSED)
- Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University (CI at CSU)
- The Ohio Association of Teachers of Chinese (OATC)
Registration and Rules
1. Each school may enter up to five students for the contest. Individual schools should decide how their participants are selected (e.g. holding a preliminary class-wide speech contest).
2. Heritage students already speaking Mandarin before taking Chinese in school are also eligible.
3. Based on the results of the preliminary screening and selection from all entries, qualified finalists will be invited to Cleveland State University to compete on-site. The selected finalists who do not reside in the Cleveland Area are responsible for their own transportation. The invitation notice will be sent out by April 25, 2014, along with detailed information regarding the final contest. Finalists must be present on-site to compete for the final contest on April 27, 2014.
4. The theme of the speech is “the Chinese Language and My Life”. Students are free to develop the content based on their own language learning and life experiences. The speech must be within four minutes in length. During the on-site contest, ONE or TWO questions will be asked immediately based on the delivered speech.
5. The contest is for all K-12 students who are studying Chinese in Ohio. There will be 3 categories. Within each category, contestants compete for one 1st Place, two 2nd Places, three 3rd Places, and a number of Honorable Mentions. All qualified finalists who are present for the contest will be awarded a Certificate of Participation.
I. Beginner Level: For students who have learned Chinese for less than 2 years;
II. Intermediate Level: For students who have learned Chinese for less than 4 years;
III. Advanced Level: For students who have learned Chinese for more than 4 years or have stayed in areas using Mandarin as the official language for more than 6 months.
6. To be entered into a screening for the final contest, each participant should submit the following materials:
1) the completed Registration Forms; and
2) the script of the speech in pinyin or Chinese characters.
3) Audio file (in MP3 format) for the Speech (Please submit to a web space, i.e. Dropbox, and email us the link).
7. Registration (use attached Registration Forms) begins on March 25, 2014, and ends on April 24, 2014. The Application Forms must include a student signature as well as a parent or guardian’s signature.
8. Chinese teachers of the participants are responsible for collecting all of the resignation forms, scripts and sending them to Prof. Wenzheng Liu, Associate Director of Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University, via e-mail by mid-night on April 24, 2014. His e-mail address is: email@example.com.
9. We reserve the right to verify each registered student’s enrollment in a Chinese program and to confirm with the teacher about the recommendation before the invitation notice is sent to the contestant by email. Students who do not receive the invitation notice will not be eligible for the contest.
Form download here:
II.The Second Ohio K-12 Essay Contest
Instructions and Rules:
I. Please submit this entry form, student pledge form along with students’ essays electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries must be received by mid-night on APRIL 27, 2014.
II. Please provide the following information on the empty space on the first page of each contestant’s essay:
1. his/her name, 2. his/her category, 3. name of his/her school, 4. his/her teacher’s full name. Please clearly print or type the information. In addition, please make sure that the contestants only write on the front of the grid paper.
Topic: 中文和我 The Chinese Language and My Life （请以记叙文形式书写)
III. Each essay entry should be written in Chinese characters by hand. It is recommended that the contestants use the provided grid paper.
IV. Each school can submit up to 10 entries for the essay contest.
Form download here:
Please note: Incomplete applications will not be processed. No late registrations will be accepted.
For more details or questions, please contact Director Liu or Ping Wu at email@example.com.